Kobach glossed over divide on immigration

Secretary of State Kris Kobach glossed over the differences he has with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on immigration issues, telling Kansas media that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney could “embrace both of us and go merrily along to win the election in November.” But Kobach has made clear that he doesn’t support a key element of Rubio’s GOP DREAM Act, which would grant visas (not citizenship) to young illegal immigrants who had been brought into the country, provided they are high school graduates and don’t have criminal records. Unless the immigrants go back to their home countries and get in the back of the immigration line, the policy amounts to “amnesty,” Kobach said in the Washington Post, adding that “amnesty allows someone who is illegally in the country to remain but with lawful status – that gives the illegal alien what he has stolen.”